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Mold Remediation in Connecticut

Increase the indoor air quality of your Connecticut home by addressing your mold problem today.

Let Value Dry’s Certified Mold Inspectors evaluate those musty odors for you.

moldYou avoid using your basement because of the musty odors and unsightly mold growth. What you may not think about is the impact the mold is having on the indoor air quality and structural integrity of your home.

  • Causes Allergy & Asthma Symptoms
  • Dangerous Health Effects for Sensitive or Compromised Respiratory Function
  • Damages Structural Integrity Consuming Organic Compounds Like Support Posts & Floor Joists

Mold is everywhere, even in your Connecticut home. It is nature’s tool to break down dead organic matter. Mold spores are the microscopic reproductive element of mold which floats on the air currents both inside and outside your homes looking for ideal conditions to grow.

  • Mold requires only three things to propagate and thrive: air, water, and food.

Once these conditions are found, they will continue to grow as long as all three are present. They will go dormant if one element is removed only to thrive again when it returns.

Volatile Organic Compounds That Fill The Air in Your Home

You know you have mold when you start to smell a musty, woodsy odor. This odor you smell is the VOC’s or Volatile Organic Compounds released by mold as part of the natural metabolic process of mold consuming organic material.

Most of the time these VOC’s are not toxic, however, there are some types of mold that do produce toxic VOC’s. Most people call these molds toxic black mold.

One of the better known toxic black molds is Stachybotrys chartarum, although it is not always black and more frequently a combination of black and green.

While all molds produce VOC’s which cause allergy and asthma symptoms and many molds may appear black, only a few produce the VOC’s that are considered toxic. These toxic molds can cause a multitude of health and neurological symptoms and should be remediated immediately.

Remediating the Moisture & Water in Your Home to Keep Your Home Free of Mold

The typical home always contains plenty of air and organic material for food. All that is needed for mold to grow is water. You can minimize your chances of having a mold problem by acting quickly to address water leaks.

  • Any area left wet for more than 48 hours will begin to grow mold even though it may not be visible until long after the odors and health effects are noticed.

The most common sources of water are roof or plumbing leaks that seem minor so they are left for extended periods of time. Stachybotrys is one of the mold types that require constant running water so make sure to address leaks quickly.

  • A wet basement or crawl space is a prime breeding ground for mold as are those areas subject to high humidity like improperly vented attics.

If you see visible mold growth you need mold remediation immediately, the type is not important. If you smell mold but don’t see mold you may benefit from an air quality test and site inspection by a certified mold remediation contractor.

This would let you know the type and the most likely location of the mold growth. You may be inclined to avoid hiring a contractor in favor of just using bleach to kill the mold.

While this method should be adequate for a non-porous surface, it is not an effective remediation technique. Household bleach is mostly water and it only addresses the mold growth on the surface of porous surfaces leaving water behind to feed the subsurface mold structure resulting in a reemergence of the mold. It is always best to get the advice of a competent mold remediation professional.

Preventing Mold Growth with Expert Services

The State of Connecticut does not currently license or certify mold inspection and remediation contractors so be sure you are working with a mold remediation contractor who’s employees are certified by an accredited training facility in the IICRC S520 Standard or other nationally recognized standard.

Mold remediation should always be carried out by a contractor who adheres to a minimum Standard of Practice recognized by the National Association of Mold Remediators and Inspectors (NAMRI) or other such nationally recognized trade association.

  • Value Dry is a member of NAMRI, and our employees are certified in the IICRC Standards.

The key to preventing mold growth is to quickly repair any and all conditions that allow water to enter your home. Most of the time you know where water entered the home and for how long. These areas are the first places you should direct the home or mold inspectors. Always consider Value Dry for foundation waterproofing and repair or crawl space encapsulation to address water leaks below grade.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes that typical basement smell?

The musty smell is often mold that is blooming and starting to spread. Mold is always present in the air and is just looking for a source of moisture. If there is any humidity or water in your basement this allows it to thrive and as it grows the smell is created.

Is all mold dangerous?

No, only a few types are really toxic but all mold in high concentrations can cause issues with allergies, breathing, headaches etc. Because of modern building practices, homes now are built tightly sealed with little to air circulation to the outside. This tightness when combined with moisture allows for a buildup of mold and allergens that can be harmful. This is what the EPA and Board of Health term as “sick building syndrome”.

I have been told that all I need to do when I see mold is check if it is black mold and if so then simply bleach it. Is that true?

The color of mold does not determine whether it is toxic. Many types of mold are black while only a few types are toxic. The number of spores, their impact on you and whether the mold is actively growing is more important than color. Bleach can be effective on removing mold from nonporous substances such as tile counter-tops but it actually leaves behind water which promotes future mold growth on porous items like wood, drywall etc.

Why do we normally suggest the air sample test?

In many cases when a person calls us they might not actually need remediation. Mold exists everywhere. It is the amount and type that are present in your home versus what is normally found outside your home that matters. The outdoor air sample test is conducted to get a control and comparative sample. The indoor test will be conducted around the location of your concern. These are compared at the lab for corresponding concern around issues. If someone only takes a sample at the location of your concern it’s easy to show large numbers of some naturally occurring mold spores that do not need remediation. Know whether you need remediation by testing correctly.

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